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See detailContribution à l'étude de l'insulinorésistance chez l'homme.
PAQUOT, Nicolas ULg

Doctoral thesis (1996)

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See detailContribution à l'étude de l'usure des buses de pulvérisation.
Pirard, G.; Leunda, P.; Debouche, Charles ULg et al

in Mededelingen van de Faculteit Landbouwwetenschappen (Rijksuniversiteit te Gent) (1989), 54(2a), 279-288

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See detailContribution à l’étude de l’utilisation répétée de la gonadotrophine chorionique équine (eCG) dans le contrôle de la reproduction
Drion, Pierre ULg

Doctoral thesis (2001)

Various molecules including steroids, prostaglandins, peptides and glycoproteins are largely used in reproduction programs in domestic mammals. Treatments including pituitary gonadotrophins (Follitropin ... [more ▼]

Various molecules including steroids, prostaglandins, peptides and glycoproteins are largely used in reproduction programs in domestic mammals. Treatments including pituitary gonadotrophins (Follitropin —FSH-, Lutropin —LH-, human menopausal Gonadotrophin —hMG-) and placental gonadotrophins (human Chorionic Gonadotrophin —hCG-, equine Chorionic Gonadotrophin —eCG- also called Pregnant mare serum gonadotrophin —PMSG-) are used for a long time to treat infertility or as a way to better control the reproductive cycles of cattle, horses, goats, sheep, dogs, pigs and more recently rabbits, monkeys and humans. The literature concerning the administration of gonadotrophins in different species than source species reports data’s on active immunization and suggests that repeated administration of these hormones lead to induction of antibodies. In this aim, we realized experimental investigations in different ruminant species in order to get objective informations and experimental observations on possible side effects of repeated xenogenic gonadotrophic treatments as circulating antibodies in plasma and decreased response to repeated administration. In this aim, we recorded reproductive performances in parallel with measurement of circulating antibodies in plasma using an in vitro radiometric method. So, ninety-eight goats of two herds were followed over 4 years in a program of annual artificial insemination after estrus induction/synchronization, including progestagen administration (vaginal sponge) followed by prostaglandin analog and equine chorionic gonadotrophin (eCG) 48h before sponge removal. After withdrawal of progestagen, goats were sampled every 4 hours for determination of LH surge and tested for estrus by the presence of a buck. Seven days after AI, endoscopic examination of the ovaries was performed while plasma progesterone was used at day 21-22 after AI for early pregnancy diagnosis. Finally, echography was performed at day 40-45, before monitoring parturition, number and sex of kids. All the goats were sampled before and after each treatment, for anti-eCG antibodies screening. Statistical analysis of the results clearly established a significant effect of the treatments on anti-eCG antibodies while no effect of the herd or of the age of the female. A significant difference was found between the two herds when the delay for coming out of estrus or for LH surge was considered. The antibodies significantly influenced the time of coming out of estrus as well as the time of LH surge. No influence of the age at the first treatment on the time of estrus or the time of LH surge was found. The antibodies after treatment significantly influenced the percentage of ovulating females as well as kidding rate, whatever the age of the female. Finally, no effect of antibodies on prolificacy was found even if antibodies significantly influenced the fertility. In the following experimental protocol, we verified the possible effect of high frequency of administration on the immune response to eCG. The profiles of eCG binding rate, in the blood of cows submitted weekly for 5 to 10 weeks to repeated high doses (1000-2000 IU) of equine chorionic gonadotrophin in an ovum pick up experimental protocol were followed. The profiles clearly indicated a marked increase of eCG binding rate after 3 to 5 injections of the exogenous hormone to the females. The statistical analysis of the results established that treatments induced a significant increase in binding rates after 6 and 3 injections according to the group. These binding rates remained elevated for at least 1 week following the last injection and decreased afterwards. The values of plasma binding rates following repeated eCG administration differed significantly between groups and from one cow to another with some cows presenting no significant immune response while others were more reactive against the hormone. Finally, the experiment on sheep consisted in the estimation of the long-term consequences on reproduction performance, of the oestrus synchronization treatments that are annually applied to ewes. In this aim, nine dairy flocks were followed. An hormonal treatment combining the insertion of a vaginal fluoro-gestone acetate (FGA) sponge for 14 days and the injection of about 500 IU of pregnant mare serum gonadotropin (PMSG) at withdrawal was applied to the ewes in seven of the nine flocks. Females of the two other flocks were used as controls. Blood samples were taken from each female just before the treatment (to test for the presence of residual antibodies) and 20 days after the PMSG injection. Anti-PMSG antibody binding rates were calculated for each blood sample. The residual binding rate increased with age and induce negative effects on the following years reproduction performances, i.e., they increased the probability that the ewes would not become pregnant. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution à l’étude de la biologie de reproduction du Martin-pêcheur huppé Alcedo cristata
Kisasa Kafutshi, Robert ULg

in Malimbus (2012), 34

From 2004 to 2009, 127 nests of the Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristata were monitored in the Kinshasa region (Democratic Republic of Congo) by counting eggs and ringing chicks and adults. In total, 195 ... [more ▼]

From 2004 to 2009, 127 nests of the Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristata were monitored in the Kinshasa region (Democratic Republic of Congo) by counting eggs and ringing chicks and adults. In total, 195 birds (57 adults and 138 fledglings) were ringed, of which all adults and 121 chicks were weighed and measured. The Malachite Kingfisher lays 2–4 eggs that are incubated 15–16 days in the burrow. The nestling period is 16–17 days. Chick metabolic and ecological demands may explain the pattern of growth of the nestlings. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution à l’étude de la compaction du sol.
Loyen, S.; Dautrebande, S.; Xanthoulis, Dimitri ULg et al

Report (2002)

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See detailContribution à l’étude de la cryopréservation des cellules souches embryonnaires humaines à visée thérapeutique
Connan, Delphine ULg

Doctoral thesis (2013)

Les cellules souches embryonnaires humaines (hES) sont caractérisées par une capacité d’autorenouvellement quasi-illimitée et une aptitude à se différencier en tous les types cellulaires caractéristiques ... [more ▼]

Les cellules souches embryonnaires humaines (hES) sont caractérisées par une capacité d’autorenouvellement quasi-illimitée et une aptitude à se différencier en tous les types cellulaires caractéristiques des trois feuillets embryonnaires primitifs. Elles sont considérées avec celles qui y sont étroitement apparentées, les cellules souches pluripotentes induites (iPS), comme une source virtuellement inépuisable de cellules pour la recherche biomédicale et les thérapies cellulaires. Cependant, leur utilisation clinique requiert efficacité optimale et sécurité biologique sans faille des procédés, matériels et réactifs utilisés. La cryopréservation est une étape clé indispensable pour le stockage et le transport de ces cellules, au cours de laquelle elles sont soumises à des conditions physiques et chimiques extrêmes, susceptibles d’altérer leur viabilité et leurs propriétés biologiques. Les méthodes efficaces de cryopréservation visent à garantir le maintien de ces propriétés tout en assurant le taux maximum de survie. De plus, un protocole optimal devrait permettre de préserver une grande quantité de cellules en une fois. Enfin, le respect des bonnes pratiques de fabrication (GMP) et la conformité aux directives européennes relatives à la manipulation et au stockage des cellules pour un usage thérapeutique requièrent la stérilité des échantillons, la reproductibilité, la traçabilité, la standardisation et l’automatisation du processus. Les cellules hES sont habituellement cryopréservées par congélation lente conventionnelle, dont les résultats peu satisfaisants en termes de survie cellulaire résultent essentiellement des dommages cellulaires liés à la cristallisation. Afin de réduire ces dommages, la vitrification a été développée comme méthode alternative pour la cryopréservation des embryons murins, bovins et, depuis peu, humains. Elle consiste en la transformation, sans cristallisation, d’un liquide en un solide amorphe par une augmentation brutale et infinie de sa viscosité. Pour que les liquides cellulaires atteignent cet état solide amorphe, la vitrification nécessite l’utilisation de concentrations élevées en cryoprotecteurs combinée à des vitesses de refroidissement et de réchauffement très élevées. Plusieurs groupes ont adapté les protocoles de vitrification aux cellules hES et ont montré que la vitrification est plus efficace que la congélation lente en termes de survie cellulaire et de maintien des cellules à l’état indifférencié. Cependant, la majorité des protocoles de congélation lente et de vitrification ne peuvent assurer la sécurité biologique de l’échantillon car les cellules sont stockées dans des conteneurs susceptibles de laisser pénétrer de l’azote liquide. De plus, à ce jour, aucun protocole de vitrification des cellules hES ne répond à l’ensemble des critères précédemment cités. La première étude présente notre nouvelle méthode de cryopréservation des cellules hES basée sur une vitrification aseptique dans des pailles scellées. En effet, le maintien de la stérilité et de l’absence de substances toxiques indésirables implique que tout contact direct des cellules avec l’azote liquide doit être évité. De plus, la méthode consiste en des additions successives de milieux avant refroidissement et après réchauffement, sans manipulation directe des cellules, ce qui la rend plus aisée à mettre en œuvre et compatible avec une automatisation. Les différents milieux utilisés sont chimiquement définis et biologiquement sûrs. Afin d’en estimer l’efficacité, nous l’avons comparée à la congélation lente conventionnelle. Nous avons montré que notre méthode de vitrification aseptique des cellules hES est aussi efficace que la congélation lente conventionnelle en termes de survie et est supérieure concernant le maintien de l’état indifférencié. Elle permet en outre de conserver leurs propriétés biologiques et cytogénétiques après réchauffement et expansion. La plupart des auteurs sont favorables à la vitrification pour la cryopréservation des embryons et cellules en termes de survie post-réchauffement. Cependant, les solutions auxquelles sont exposées les cellules au cours de la vitrification ont une concentration en cryoprotecteurs 3 à 4 fois supérieure à celles des solutions utilisées au cours de la congélation lente (4,8-6,4M versus 1,5M). Dans ce cadre, la seconde étude consiste à estimer la concentration intracellulaire en cryoprotecteurs (ICCP) lors de la vitrification et de la congélation lente. Pour ce faire, nous avons utilisé le zygote murin comme modèle cellulaire. Nous avons montré que l’ICCP lors de la vitrification est quasiment égale à 2,14M juste avant de plonger les cellules dans l’azote liquide, et équivaut donc au tiers de la concentration dans la solution vitrifiante (6,4M). De plus, nous avons montré que l’ICCP est plus basse après vitrification qu'après congélation lente. Nos résultats contribuent à expliquer pourquoi la vitrification est paradoxalement plus efficace que la congélation lente pour la cryopréservation des embryons et des cellules souches malgré l’utilisation de concentrations très élevées - potentiellement toxiques - en cryoprotecteurs dans les milieux. A notre connaissance, notre méthode de vitrification aseptique est la première méthode qui combine les diverses propriétés prédéfinies. Notre technique de cryopréservation est donc très prometteuse pour le stockage et le transport des cellules hES ou des cellules équivalentes, y compris dans le cadre d’applications cliniques qui exigent de hauts standards d’efficacité et de sécurité. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution à l’étude de la dynamique de l’élevage pastoral au Niger : cas de la région de Diffa
Laouali, Abdoulkadri ULg

Doctoral thesis (2015)

In the Sahelian countries where extensive pastoral breeding is practiced, livestock plays an essential role in the socio-economic and dietary balance of the households. However, throughout the literature ... [more ▼]

In the Sahelian countries where extensive pastoral breeding is practiced, livestock plays an essential role in the socio-economic and dietary balance of the households. However, throughout the literature, this activity was submitted to various controversies including its contribution to the degradation of the environment; greenhouse gas emissions; its weak economic performance; etc. But other studies have noted the importance and efficiency of pastoral practice in a precarious natural environment such as the Republic of Niger, great stockbreeding country in the heart of the Sahel, with a herd of over 37 million heads. Thus, this research has tried to reposition the debate by emphasizing the role and importance of pastoral breeding in the Sahelian countries in general, particularly in Niger and specifically in the region of Diffa. Located between the desert zone in the North and the Sahelian zone in the South, the Region of Diffa is a pastoral area par excellence in Niger. Breeding, with a highly diversified livestock, is the dominant economic activity in the region. It concerns 95% of the population and contributes annually to 55% of the regional gross domestic product. However, this activity is submitted to various constraints, particularly biophysical and anthropogenic. In order to understand the pastoral dynamics in this region, a research work was initiated starting in 2010 and following a systemic approach. The work was built around three poles: Man-Natural Resources-Animals. A survey of 300 households (150 households with a sedentary herd and 150 with a mobile herd) was conducted during the first semester of 2012. Investigations were made on the basis of the prior identification of three agro-ecological zones (pastoral bowls, Komadougou River, Lake Chad) based on 100 households for each zone. The research results revealed that pastoral breeding in the region of Diffa is mutating. Herds (sedentary and mobile) are relatively small sized and increasingly composed in majority by small ruminants. The reproduction is carried out by a core of female spawners more or less stable and dominated by younger ones. Data cross analysis highlights the occurrence of recurrent fodder deficits, attributable to a series of annual rainfall deficits as well as animal diseases as the main causes of changing pastoral breeding in the region of Diffa. To deal with these problems the pastoral and agro-pastoral populations have built and developed a set of adaptive strategies to resist shocks and to mitigate their effects and to ensure the survival of households and livestock. However, over the years and the recurrence of shocks, traditional strategies for managing risks and uncertainties are being weakened with socio-economic consequences in pastoral and agro-pastoral households. An Intervention of the State, NGOs and / or associations and other development partners, would boost these strategies and strengthen the capacity of households to manage risk in the long term. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution à l’étude de la fièvre traumatique chez le chien
Fredericq, Léon ULg

in Bulletin de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (1882), 3e série XVI(6), 558-570

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See detailContribution à l’étude de la fièvre traumatique chez le chien
Fredericq, Léon ULg

in Annales de la Société médico-chirurgicale de Liège (1882)

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See detailContribution à l'étude de la flore des grottes de Belgique.
Garbacki, Nancy ULg; Ector, Luc; Kostikov, Igor et al

in Belgian Journal of Botany (1999), 132(1), 43-76

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See detailContribution à l'étude de la flore et de l'écologie des plantes de quelques grottes wallonnes.
Garbacki, Nancy ULg

in Bulletin des Chercheurs de la Wallonie (1997), XXXVI

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